Red Table Road travels through dense conifer forests and open, high alpine meadows. There are spectacular 360 degree views once you reach the ridge line.
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Red Table Mountain from the Fryingpan Valley
The road is accessible by two-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles until users reach the FAA radar and radio beacon. From there the road becomes rougher and a four-wheel drive is necessary. The road follows a ridge line to the Mt. Thomas Trailhead (trail #1870). One mile before the trailhead it turns downhill and becomes road #425, which follows Red Creek to road #412 to Gypsum. This portion is suited only for short wheel based, high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles and EXPERIENCED OFF-ROAD DRIVERS. Users should turn left at the fork to follow road #425. Access to Crooked Creek Pass and Eagle is obtainable from Road #412. Users can also gain access to the Ruedi Trail #1912 from the top of Red Tables Road. Follow Red Tables Road to its end to get to the trailhead for Mt. Thomas.
Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Highway 82 to El Jebel. Turn left at the stoplight and follow the road past Spring Park Reservoir. Turn left at the for after the reservoir. In two miles turn right at the fork following the sign to Cottonwood Pass. After the pass, turn right on to the Red Tables Road (Forest Road #514).
May through September
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the road during the Spring and Fall months.)